Twitch is now dispensing Halloween lockboxes in exchange for donations to streamers

    
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Hey, since it’s absurdity week, let’s just roll with it: Twitch is getting in on the lockox/lootcrate/gamblebox action, making every streamer and channel party to the system, even us. Basically, any time you cheer for a streamer with 250 bits (i.e., donate) through the Halloween hoopla, you snag a virtual Halloween crate with a chance for a drop. It’s an emote. It’s a temporary emote. That you can use only on Twitch. From a lockbox. Mind blown.

“From now through November 3rd, go trick or treating on any Bits enabled channel by Cheering with at least 250 Bits and unlock a Halloween Crate containing one of six temporary zombie emotes. Collect all six and Zombie Lord Kappa will be yours forever. We all know, what is dead may never die…”

500 bits runs $3.50, so basically you’re paying $1.75 for a temp emote that you can then use to heckle other streamers. The weird part is that… the streamer gets (most of) your money. So really it’s just Twitch’s incentive to donate to channels you like while taking a (small?) cut.

I can’t help but feel like this is just a version of the old Steam sale minigames, but in the context of the last few weeks of community uproar over lockboxes in general, it seems a bit offkey.

Source: Twitch via Kotaku
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Jacobin GW

And now Twitch itself is jumping on the getting kids to gamble train. Everything connected to gaming needs to have a slot machine attached to it because there is a vulnerable audience who doesn’t know any better and the regulators are behind the times.

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Fenryr Grey

I wish they would act upon this as fast as they cut our fundamental rights, but i guess there is no money to be made from that. :sadface:

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Zen Dadaist

:(

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Mewmew

Premium Emotes are basically prestige for the watchers on Twitch. People subscribe to certain people only for their emotes sometimes without even caring about the channel. It’s silly but I get it.

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Eamil

500 bits for $3.50 is a one-time purchase per Twitch account. After that it’s 100 for $1.40, 500 for $7.00, etc. 1500 for $20, etc. with each bit cheered giving one penny to the streamer. So Twitch doesn’t take a cut of the bits, their cut comes your initial payment.

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Estranged

Remember that this system was already in place, the RNG prizes are just extras.

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Sray

Definitely a tone deaf decision, given this last week’s events, but this was undoubtedly something put into motion a few months back. I’m choosing to look in this as a reminder to make some Patreon/PayPal donations to my favorite content creators. Except MOP: you guys are on auto-renew.

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Danny Smith

at this point i’m expecting lockboxes from bloody McDonalds by 2018.

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Darthbawl

I’m thinking they could easy do that with the Happy Meals and the toys. LOL

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Armsbend

Fish Sandwich again!!!!

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Siphaed

They’ve done it before with their Happy Meal toys….or was that Burger King? One of them had special “Mystery” Pokemon toys, trying to catch them all by buying more and more kid’s meals.

Of course they were all recalled due to inattentive parents giving the toys to infants, two of which sadly suffocated on them. But nonetheless that can be considered a “lootbox” of sorts. Circa 1999.

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Maggie May

Yup this and the still not released game that manages to have its own con … Let’s Celebrate ABSURDITY !!,

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Dušan Frolkovič

People today prefer to be sold hope, instead of a product.

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Sorenthaz

Bits are Twitch’s way of getting money out of donations. Previously streamers got 100% (and still do) of any money donated directly to their PayPal. With Bits I think it’s like 33% of the purchase price goes directly to Twitch similar to how they take typically $2.50 per $5 subscription to streamers (bigger streams get to renegotiate that).

So ultimately Twitch profits off of Bits. Also they’ve had Twitch Crates for awhile now, just most people aren’t dumb enough to buy them.

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Darthbawl

Temp emotes? BOO! <– See, I was trying to get into the Halloween spirit. :P